Kidney failure is one condition in which nearly all of kidney function is lost. Then, build up of uremic toxins can cause damage to many organs. Then, kidney failure patients many have headache, back pain or stomach pain. To manage their pain, most of them would like to try some painkillers. Can painkillers really help kidney failure patients treat their pain safely and effectively?
Common painkillers in our daily life
There are a lot of painkillers commonly seen in our daily life, and they come in various brand names. In clinic, these painkillers are divided into three types:
● NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): Aspirin and ibuprofen are often used to ease pain associated with inflammation such as back pain and headaches, and they are used to keep patients’ blood from clotting. Therefore, these medications are often used by kidney disease patients.
● Paracetamol: It is taken to ease mild or moderate pain caused by cold, including headache, nerve pain, ankle pain, etc.
● Weak opioids and strong opioids: It isn’t common for kidney failure patients to use this type of painkillers.
How does these painkillers help alleviate pain for kidney failure patients?
In most cases, these medications can ease patients’ pain quickly but temporarily. Communicating with kidney failure patients, you will find a lot of patients are suffering from refractory pain especially when their kidney failure is developed from PKD, IgA Nephropathy, Diabetic Nephropathy or Hypertensive Nephropathy.
Why do these medications fail to work?
There are two reasons: on one hand, they can’t treat patients’ pain from the root cause, and on the other hand, these painkillers have some renal toxicity that can lead to further damage if taken regularly.
Are there any natural alternative medications to painkillers?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. Chinese medicines, compared with western medicines, have fewer side effects. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, based on TCM, can not only ease patients’ symptoms but also repair their damaged kidney inherent cells, so they can reverse patients’ kidney damage from the root.